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Fire Prevention and Protection

Conveyor Belt fire system to be awarded international certification

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Leading fire suppression company, I-CAT, has successfully completed and passed all required tests to obtain a verified certification from the UK national standards body, British Standards Institution (BSI) on its conveyor belt system. “I-CAT, the original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the... 

New sealant enhances passive fire protection

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Sealant technology provider Den Braven’s Fire Protect hybrid sealant is a “one-for-all” sealant that encapsulates the concept of passive fire protection, which is integral when designing a building or structure. The hybrid sealant prevents fire from spreading through a building by creating... 

MICHAEL BERG
The hybrid sealant prevents fire from spreading through a building by creating well-sealed compartments
MICHAEL BERG The hybrid sealant prevents fire from spreading through a building by creating well-sealed compartments

Sperosens

2nd April 2021 Fire protection infrastructure management in the mining industry. The Sperosens group of companies is an established and respected provider of Fire Protection and Telemetry solutions to the African mining and industrial sectors.   

Sperosens

Fire prevention company’s offering in demand  

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Fire risk management company ASP Fire has had a productive first quarter, with numerous projects being completed or nearing completion last month. These projects include implementing or upgrading fire-detection and -protection systems for a hotel in Honeydew, Gauteng; a citrus pack house in... 

Caption:  	MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK ASP Fire's ability to apply rational design to its offerings is an integral part of its success
ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk discusses the concept of using rational design when implementing a fire prevention or suppressions system

4IR brings new tech to fire prevention

21st August 2020 With the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, technological advancements introduce new possibilities, and the fire protection and detection sector is no exception, highlights leading engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance company Lesedi fire engineer Francois Holtzhausen. An... 

FRANCOIS HOLTZHAUSEN 
Fire safety is multifaceted in that it involves life safety, operations, the environment and public sentiment
FRANCOIS HOLTZHAUSEN Fire safety is multifaceted in that it involves life safety, operations, the environment and public sentiment

Cold weather spikes home fires

21st August 2020 Public benefit organisation Household Energy Safety Association of South Africa reports that emergency personnel have had to respond to fires at homes and in informal settlements across South Africa as the current cold snap continues. While many of these home fires are accidental, there are... 

MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK
ASP Fire provides fire risk consulting and rational design, as well as fire suppression and detection solutions for both home and industrial markets
MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK ASP Fire provides fire risk consulting and rational design, as well as fire suppression and detection solutions for both home and industrial markets

Automated firefighting presents several benefits

21st August 2020 Demand for automated firefighting is continuously increasing owing to remote-controlled monitors – especially in combination with automated fire detection – that allow for a targeted but flexible firefighting operation in limited areas, says fire protection services company FireDos engineering... 

TARGETED APPROACH 
Remote-controlled monitors allow a targeted firefighting operation in confined spaces and can be used for extinguishing agents
TARGETED APPROACH Remote-controlled monitors allow a targeted firefighting operation in confined spaces and can be used for extinguishing agents

Water mist tech sparks industry interest

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     21st August 2020 The use of water mist fire-suppression technologies has been increasing as more land-based applications have been identified and the benefits of such technologies are being realised by industry leaders and experts, says environmental solutions company I-CAT mechanical engineer Jeanri van Tonder.... 

Water mist tech sparks industry interest

Austrian institute verifies local suppression system

By: Halima Frost     23rd August 2019 Environmental solutions company I-CAT Fire Solutions in January this year commissioned the Institut fur Brandschutztechnik und Sicherheitsforschung, or the Institute for Fire Protection and Security Research (IBS Institute) in Linz, Austria, to certify the suitability of its fire suppression... 

FLAME ON
Varying degrees and configurations of fire were tested at the test site to complete the verification
FLAME ON Varying degrees and configurations of fire were tested at the test site to complete the verification

Fire detection system donated to care facility

23rd August 2019 Multinational power management company Eaton Africa’s sponsorship of a vital fire safety system has assisted care facility Alta du Toit Centre in Bellville, Cape Town, with revamping its outdated and faulty fire alarm system. After an inspection was done by the local fire department, it was found... 

OPEN DOORS Representatives from Eaton and Procom Fire attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Alta du Toit Centre
OPEN DOORS Representatives from Eaton and Procom Fire attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Alta du Toit Centre

Flame-detection system set for SA launch

By: Halima Frost     23rd August 2019 Industrial solutions provider HMA South Africa, part of the larger HMA Group, is set to launch the Det-Tronics optical flame detection and releasing system, designed for the demands of ultrahigh-speed applications, by the end of this month. The launch is subsequent to HMA Group being awarded the... 

BOOM BOOM
The new optical flame section and releasing system mitigates explosive situations in the explosives manufacturing industry
BOOM BOOM The new optical flame section and releasing system mitigates explosive situations in the explosives manufacturing industry

Supplier completes two projects on the Foreshore

23rd August 2019 One of the most significant challenges faced at construction sites in the foreshore area of Cape Town is ensuring that the projects are protected from fire hazards and comply with local and international fire regulations, says fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech MD Michael Feldon. He... 

CBD buildings undergo fire assessment and upgrade

By: Halima Frost     23rd August 2019 Fire risk management company ASP Fire has finalised the fire system due diligence checks on seven buildings for a reputed investor who intends to buy the properties to repurpose as offices. Six of the buildings are located in the Johannesburg central business district (CBD) and one in the... 

INDUSTRIAL INDUSTRIOUSNESS
Careful due diligence assessments are made when looking at inner city fire hazards
INDUSTRIAL INDUSTRIOUSNESS Careful due diligence assessments are made when looking at inner city fire hazards

Company gets new foam-dosing trailer system

By: Melissa Zisengwe     24th August 2018 For three consecutive years, fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech and Germany-based dosing technology company FireDos have supplied the latest portable foam fire-protection system to an integrated chemicals and energy company, states DoseTech MD Mike Feldon. 

Local company launches new fire-detection range

By: Melissa Zisengwe     24th August 2018 Fire-detection manufacturer Zyteq Fire launched a locally designed and manufactured range of conventional fire-detection products at security and fire trade exhibition Securex in Johannesburg in May. “The fire detectors are designed to provide early detection and notification of fires. They are... 

EQUIPPED FACTORY Zyteq’s detection products are manufactured in the company’s own ISO9001-certified factory, in Cape Town
EQUIPPED FACTORY Zyteq’s detection products are manufactured in the company’s own ISO9001-certified factory, in Cape Town

Local company offers transformer fire-protection solutions

By: Melissa Zisengwe     24th August 2018 Industrial fires cause damage of about R430-million a year. Transformer fires are disruptive, dangerous and may cause loss of life. Depending on the severity of the fire the likelihood of explosions is very high, says safety solutions provider Sperosens. Common causes of transformer fires include... 

FIRE-PROTECTION A typical transformer detection medium will be a hydraulic pilot line with fast response sprinkler heads
FIRE-PROTECTION A typical transformer detection medium will be a hydraulic pilot line with fast response sprinkler heads

Cost-effective fire suppression product has desired impact

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2017 Fire-protection equipment supplier Fire Security and Techniques (FST) has just started supplying the FST Fire Orb – which supresses fires – to those living in informal settlements to mitigate the damage caused by a fire incident. 

Fire risk assessments ideal to improve fire risk management

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2017 Fire risk assessments are the ideal way to develop and improve fire risk management, from documenting findings, categorisation of risk areas, recommendations or requirements for improvement as well as prioritisation of risk improvement measures, says the Fire Protection Association of Southern... 

CRITICAL PROTECTION
Fire risk assessments are critical in the protection of life, assets and in ensuring the continuity of business operations
Photo by Bloomberg
CRITICAL PROTECTION Fire risk assessments are critical in the protection of life, assets and in ensuring the continuity of business operations

Fire-protection equipment and ongoing maintenance provided by consultant

25th August 2017 With the National Building Standard and Building Regulations Act stating that all buildings – including shopping centres – should meet the South African National Standards (SANS) 10400 part ‘T’ fire-protection standards requirements, fire risk management and support consultant ASP Fire supplies... 

MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK
ASP Fire has completed a number of risk assessments in shopping centres
MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK ASP Fire has completed a number of risk assessments in shopping centres

Innovative surfactants enhance firefighting

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2017 Owing to ongoing drought conditions and a more intense fire season expected in South Africa, environmental solutions company I-CAT has developed innovative surfactants to boost the fire-extinguishing and dust-suppression capability and effectiveness of water. 

LOURENS JANSEN VAN RENSBURG
iFire is an ideal water-treatment agent to improve the wetting capability of water which, in turn, enhances its firefighting capability
LOURENS JANSEN VAN RENSBURG iFire is an ideal water-treatment agent to improve the wetting capability of water which, in turn, enhances its firefighting capability

Passive fire protection integral element of safety

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2017 With passive fire-safety becoming increasingly important in new buildings and renovation work, South Africa-based sealant and adhesive supplier Den Braven says such fire protection systems need to ensure that a fire is contained within specified fire compartments. 

FIREPROTECT RANGE
The Den Braven FireProtect range, which was launched last year, consists of products that offer a complete solution to all types of expansion joints
FIREPROTECT RANGE The Den Braven FireProtect range, which was launched last year, consists of products that offer a complete solution to all types of expansion joints

Specialist still major contributor to industry

25th August 2017 Having been a major contributor to uplifting the quality and safety standards of fire protection equipment for over 25 years, fire protection specialist Centa Group has a thorough understanding of the science of fire and is equipped with the knowledge pertaining to fire protection equipment legal... 

SOLUTION OFFERING
Solutions are custom designed to suit specific environments and include design layout, installation and maintenance
SOLUTION OFFERING Solutions are custom designed to suit specific environments and include design layout, installation and maintenance

Elegen

25th August 2017 Edenvale-based original-equipment manufacturer Elegen has grown to be one of Africa’s largest generator manufacturer and suppliers, and has complemented its power-generation offering with the launch of its mobile pneumatic light-emitting diode (LED) lighting tower. This lighting tower has been... 

Elegen

Correct fire system implementation could save businesses

By: Sascha Solomons     19th August 2016 To minimise financial losses as a result of fire destruction, engineering and design firm WSP⎪Parsons Brinckerhoff states that organisations have the responsibility to develop and implement effective fire safety management plans. “One of the main challenges in the engineering industry is... 

FIRE-SAFETY STRATEGIES PROVIDED 
Fire-safety engineering might be the only viable way to achieve a satisfactory standard of fire safety in some large and complex buildings
FIRE-SAFETY STRATEGIES PROVIDED Fire-safety engineering might be the only viable way to achieve a satisfactory standard of fire safety in some large and complex buildings

Company emphasises importance of fire detection maintenance

By: Sascha Solomons     19th August 2016 Although fire detection is generally seen as a grudge purchase and done only when it becomes a legal requirement, fire and electronic security solutions systems integrator FS-Systems points out that building owners have a moral obligation to ensure that all occupants of their facilities are kept... 

New fire door in high demand

19th August 2016 Fire and security doors producer Bitcon Industries has been contracted to supply doors to an array of new shopping centres throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Jet Park-based Bitcon director Bill Vollmer comments that the company is supplying its Rubidor fire doors for the upgrading and construction of... 

Risk assessment pivotal in fire prevention  

By: Sascha Solomons     19th August 2016 To achieve its aim of preventing business destruction caused by fire, Gauteng-based fire detection and suppression equipment solutions provider ASP Fire says that thorough analyses of businesses’ fire prevention points are needed. “ . . . to mitigate the risks of fire, it is important to complete... 

PREVENTING FIRES
Extinguishing fires before it starts is accomplished by proper analyses
ASP Fire’s COO Michael van Niekerk discusses the importance of fire prevention and accurate evacuation plans in businesses. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Fire-water monitors enhance fire protection at local fuel tanker wharf

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st August 2015 Cape Town-based fire-protection technology provider DoseTech Fire aims to complete the installation of a fire protection upgrade system at the Cape Town harbour’s fuel tanker unloading wharf by the end of this year, says company MD Mike Feldon. The order, received in June from Cape Town harbour,... 

FIRING POWER
The Akron Conquest electric remote-controlled fire-water monitor system has a row distance of about 95 m with a fog and stream water-shape capability
FIRING POWER The Akron Conquest electric remote-controlled fire-water monitor system has a row distance of about 95 m with a fog and stream water-shape capability

Protection measures increase demand for fire systems

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st August 2015 Owing to local companies’ commitment to legally comply with safety standards, power management company Eaton aims to increase market awareness of its intelligent addressable fire systems this year, states Eaton Africa business development manager Neil Primrose. “There is currently an intensified... 

Ageing infrastructure increasing demand for system upgrades

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st August 2015 Ageing infrastructure in local healthcare facilities and hospitals, resulting in the cumulative obsoleteness of older fire-protection systems, has prompted several healthcare companies to request new or upgraded fire-protection systems, says Chimera Fire Protection Consultants director Leon... 

New mobile app simplifies fire extinguisher selection

21st August 2015 Fire suppression solutions provider Tyco Fire Protection Products (TFPP) has introduced a mobile application (app) that streamlines the process of selecting a portable fire extinguisher. The easy-to-use Ansul Red Line app offers a customised experience for a range of markets, including aviation,... 

Cellulose-based fibre protects firefighters

21st August 2015 Austria-based textile and nonwoven cellulose fibres producer Lenzing showcased its Lenzing FR fibre as a complete solution for applications in firefighter protective clothing, at this year’s Interschutz international trade fair, which is hosted in June every five years. This year’s Interschutz... 

Cellulose-based fibre  protects firefighters

Wildfire satellite detection system launched across Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st August 2015 To achieve its aim of increasing global interest in its satellite-based Advanced Fire Information System (AFIS), South African research institute the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) launched AFIS in East Africa three months ago and plans to launch AFIS in West Africa by the... 

ACTIVE APPLICATION
The Advanced Fire Information System currently has 30 pilot projects worldwide
Photo by Bloomberg
ACTIVE APPLICATION The Advanced Fire Information System currently has 30 pilot projects worldwide

Cables maintain function integrity during emergencies

21st August 2015 Germany-based cable manufacturer Helukabel has introduced advanced cables, with the ability to maintain their function integrity for up to two hours in a fire, into the local market. The new Helufire PH30/120 cables are specifically used for fire alarm and emergency evacuation systems, or where... 

New product range grows company market share

By: Pimani Baloyi     22nd August 2014 Environmental solutions provider I-Cat has increased its market share and strengthened relations with its existing client base since acquiring the local agency of fire suppression solutions provider Firetrace International and becoming the official Southern African distributor of the... 

Company expands fire protection services

By: Pimani Baloyi     22nd August 2014 JSE-listed electronics group Jasco is expanding its fire-detection and fire-suppression market reach in South Africa, says Jasco fire-protection head and founder of former fire-protection solutions provider Firecare Tony Balanco. Balanco tells Engineering News that the expansion started with the... 

Fire protection workshops for professionals a success

By: Pimani Baloyi     22nd August 2014 Cape Town-based fire-protection technology provider DoseTech last month hosted its third four-day course, the 2014 storage tank and associated facilities fire hazard management workshop, at coal miner Sasol Mining’s Secunda fire training centre, in Mpumalanga. DoseTech MD Michael Feldon tells... 

TRAINING DoseTech offers extensive training on fire protection
TRAINING DoseTech offers extensive training on fire protection

Company integrates security and fire protection systems

By: Pimani Baloyi     22nd August 2014 Fire-protection solutions provider, Tyco, provides fire-protection products that are integrated into a building’s security management systems, states Tyco integrated fire & security South Africa sales leader Cedric Greeves. He tells Engineering News that the local branch of the global company,... 

CEDRIC GREEVES Tyco provides fire-detection extinguishing systems that are integrated into the security system of buildings
CEDRIC GREEVES Tyco provides fire-detection extinguishing systems that are integrated into the security system of buildings
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